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Marie J Polley (Nee Lucey)

Marie J Polley (Nee Lucey)
Marie Polley Consultancy Limited; Meaningful Measures Ltd; Visiting Reader UEL; Social Presribing Network

BSc(Hons) PhD, PGCHE

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Introduction
I research the provision of person-led services in all sectors of society with a strong emphasis on social prescribing. Main area of interest is in social prescribing, determinants of health and integrative oncology. I use my background in biomedical sciences, molecular carcinogenesis, social prescribing and reiki healing to inform my approach which usually incorporates pragmatic mixed-methods approaches to collecting meaningful data.

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Publications (60)
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This study aimed to investigate and collate all the outcomes that are being experienced in link worker based social prescribing schemes. We found this reflects a large evidence gap where research money needs to be invested. Data from this study highlighted that VCSE organisations engaged with social prescribing are not receiving full attribution fo...
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A mixed -methods indepth analysis of the social prescribing service funded by Surrey Heartlands CCG and run by Trandridge District Council. The data analysed comprised that from n=3460 people on the Elemental Software platform and interviews of 15 stakeholders. It also incorporated the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as data was collected from Apri...
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This paper sets out the argument for routinely incorporating the prescribing engagement in with arts, and cultural community assets. It is aimed at commissioners, policy leads, health and public health professionals and social prescribing leaders.
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This is a guide written for link workers and professionals in similar positions translating evidence on the benefit of supporting people to engage with arts and cultural community assets. It highlights research informed barriers, enablers and make suggestions on how link workers can use their role to overcome some of these barriers.
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Acknowledgements: This report was made possible by funding from NHS England and NHS Improvement South West Integrated Personalised Care programme. We are grateful to all the staff and patients who gave their time and thoughts to this project. Thank you to Rachel Johnson for proofreading the report. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this report are...
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The UK government has invested £5.77 million in green social prescribing to prevent and tackle mental ill-health. Therapeutic community gardening, one type of green social prescription, provides a range of health outcomes. However, for increased accessibility, a greater understanding of how it impacts mental health and the facilitators and barriers...
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Social prescribing is an approach that aims to improve health and well-being. It connects individuals to non-clinical services and supports that address social needs, such as those related to loneliness, housing instability and mental health. At the person level, social prescribing can give individuals the knowledge, skills, motivation and confiden...
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Introduction: Patients may experience late complications following surgical treatment for colorectal and anal cancer, and we need instruments in Danish to plan treatment and person-centred follow-up treatment approaches. For this purpose, we chose the Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) and Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYC...
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The full and indepth analysis of social prescribing before and during the first Covid-19 lockdown - capacity, funding, sustainability, roles of link workers and key recommendations to ensure social prescribing becomes fully sustainable and equitable
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Research and analysis of the funding, capacity and infrastructure needs to enable social prescribing to become fully sustainable
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Background: Social prescribing (SP) allows health professionals to refer primary care patients toward health and wellbeing interventions and activities in the local community. Now widely implemented across the UK and adopted in other nations, questions arise concerning the modelling of present and future schemes, including challenges to full engag...
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Social prescribing allows health professionals to refer at risk patients toward health and wellbeing interventions and activities in the local community. It is a key part of NHS England health care policy, and schemes based on the social prescribing model have been developed in countries including Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands and Singapore. In...
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The importance of Social Prescribing (SP) has been highlighted in the National Health Service (NHS) Long-Term Plan. SP is enabling healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker, to co-design a non-clinical social prescription to improve their health and well-being. Our aim was to explore perceptions, understanding, and awareness of SP...
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1 The Social Prescribing Unit @ University of Westminster is focused on innovation in the field of social prescribing and growing new ideas. The team has considerable expertise in contract research, consultancy, evaluation and mixed methods research. We are also experts in supporting the implementation of social prescribing within organisations in...
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Purpose Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) is a validated person-centred measure of the concerns and wellbeing of people affected by cancer. Research suggests that the concerns of informal caregivers (ICs) are as complex and severely rated as people with cancer, yet MYCaW has only been used to represent cancer patients’ concerns and we...
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Background: In 2014 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) called for development of a system to collate local data on exercise referral schemes (ERS) to inform future practice. This database would be used to facilitate continued evaluation of ERS. ‘Big data’ analytics is a current trend in healthcare with the potential to inf...
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Social prescribing allows health professionals to refer at risk patients toward health and wellbeing interventions and activities in the local community. It is a key part of NHS (National Health Service) England health care policy, and schemes based on the social prescribing model have been developed in countries including Canada, New Zealand, the...
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Objectives: This study evaluated the change in the concerns, wellbeing, and lifestyle behaviors of informal caregivers of people with cancer attending Penny Brohn UK's Living Well Course (LWC), a self-management education intervention. Design: A pre-postcourse design collected self-reported quantitative and qualitative data from informal caregiv...
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Title: Tenacity and High Quality – the development and evaluation of Social Prescribing in Shropshire. Aim: Social Prescribing (SP) offers community-based alternatives to high cost medical treatments and reduces demand on primary care. A new SP service in Shropshire Council’s Public Health team aims to support key target groups, both opportunisti...
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The term "whole-person cancer care"-an approach that addresses the needs of the person as well as treating the disease-is more widely understood in the United Kingdom than its synonym "integrative oncology." The National Health Service (NHS) provides free access to care for all, which makes it harder to prioritize NHS funding of whole-person medici...
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The aim of this evaluation was to understand the immediate effect the Reading Well for young people - ‘Shelf Help’ books had in a secondary school setting. Our objectives focused on recording and assessing any intended and unintended outcomes of the overall students’ engagement with the books from the reading list, mindful of each stage of the inte...
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Previous work undertaken by the South West TYA Service evidenced the practical and emotional impact of a diagnosis of cancer on teenagers and young adults with cancer (TYAs) and on those closest to them. To fill this gap, an innovative two day wellbeing course is being piloted by Bristol based holistic cancer charity Penny Brohn UK. The aim of this...
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Social prescribing is a means by which healthcare professionals seek to address the non-medical causes of ill health with non-medical interventions. It is estimated that around 20% of patients consult their general practitioner (GP) for what is primarily a social problem (Low Commission, 2015). It has been suggested that referral to a social prescr...
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Social prescribing is a means by which healthcare professionals seek to address the non-medical causes of ill health with non-medical interventions. It is estimated that around 20% of patients consult their general practitioner (GP) for what is primarily a social problem. This paper critically appraises the current evidence as to whether social pre...
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Background Social prescribing is a process whereby primary care patients are linked or referred to nonmedical sources of support in the community and voluntary sector. It is a concept that has arisen in practice and implemented widely in the United Kingdom and has been evaluated by various organizations. Objective The aim of our study was to chara...
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Penny Brohn UK, a UK based cancer support charity, have used the Patient Activation Measure to evaluate their Living Well course.
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Introduction Improved models of care are needed to meet all the support needs of people with cancer, which encompass psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual, sexual, occupational, social and existential needs. The aim of this article is to (a) evaluate short- and long-term impacts of using a whole person approach to support people with cancer...
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This report details the start of the Social Prescribing Network and reports data collected from innovators from around the UK
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BACKGROUND: People with cancer and their supporters’/carers’ experiences are symbiotic. This reciprocal influence of the ‘dyad’ can negatively impact on the supporter/carers’ quality of life, making them more likely to suffer chronic illness. This research investigated the use of the validated Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) outcome...
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BACKGROUND: Launched in 2010, the two day ‘Living Well with the Impact of Cancer’ course (LWC), run by Penny Brohn Cancer Care (PBCC), provides people with cancer and their supporters a toolkit of self-management techniques to help support physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. A mixed-methods longitudinal service evaluation was carried out t...
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BACKGROUND To provide a fully patient-centred service requires the documentation and prioritisation of patient’s concerns and issues, to ensure these are addressed within the clinical encounters. Service providers need to efficiently audit how well patient concerns are being met. Until now, there has been no validated patient-reported outcome measu...
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EXPLORATION OF THE EXPERIENCES AND CONCERNS OF SUPPORTERS OF PEOPLE WITH CANCER ATTENDING PENNY BROHN CANCER CARE Nicole Collaco1, Rachel Jolliffe2, Helen Seers2, Sarah Jackson2, Dr Marie Polley1 1 University of Westminster, UK 2 Penny Brohn Cancer Care, UK. Introduction: The prevalence of cancer survivorship is increasing (3% each year), and is...
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Objective: Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) is a patient-centered questionnaire that allows cancer patients to identify and quantify the severity of their "concerns" and "wellbeing," as opposed to using a predetermined list. MYCaW administration is brief and aids in prioritizing treatment approaches. Our goal was to assess the conve...
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VALIDATION OF MEASURE YOURSELF CONCERNS AND WELLBEING PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOME MEASURE Polley MJ1*, Jolliffe R2, Jackson S2, Caro E3, Weeks L4, Seers H2 1 Department of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, England; 2Penny Brohn Cancer Care, Pill, Bristol, England; 3 Department of Physiotherapy and Midwifery, University of Granada, Spa...
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Supported self-management, acupuncture and information can help reduce the symptoms of low back pain. These approaches are currently recommended by NICE guidance as treatment options for patients with persistent low back pain. However, there has been no previous evaluation of a service providing them together for this common problem. The purpose of...
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BACKGROUND: The ‘Living Well’ 2 day course supports any person and their supporter, living with or beyond cancer, at any stage of the cancer journey. The course aims to provide support and education on an emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual, social and financial level. This project evaluated the impact of the Living Well course and th...
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Acknowledgments We would like to thank the participants of this service evaluation who took the time to respond to the questionnaires with honesty and courage when sharing their experiences of how the Living Well course has impacted on their cancer journey. The James Tudor Foundation for supporting the Research and Information Department at Penny B...
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Endometriosis is an enigmatic disease characterized by the presence and growth of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterine cavity. The etiology of endometriosis is poorly understood, yet recent evidence suggests that epigenetic aberrations and heritable changes in the genome may be the key to understanding how to approach this disease. Difficult...
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This paper proposes 'QuickPIPER', a 15-item, validated one-dimensional model representing cancer-related fatigue, based on factor analysis testing of the Piper Fatigue Scale-revised (R-PFS). One hundred and eleven breast cancer survivors participated in this prospective, observational study of the QuickPIPER validation. Participants completed the R...
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Unlabelled: Patient experience of acupuncture at a GP surgery was evaluated over 18 months. Patients were referred for six acupuncture treatments of 45 min by 10 practising GPs. Measure Your Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP), was completed before the first treatment and at the start of the final consultation. A patient experience survey was complete...
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This study aimed to investigate the immediate effects of the secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), α-amylase activity and blood pressure levels after the application of a Reiki session in nurses with Burnout Syndrome. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover design was conducted to compare the immediate effects of Reiki versus control...
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Spinal manipulation and acupuncture can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. Both approaches are currently recommended by NICE as treatment options for patients with persistent low back pain. However, there has been no previous evaluation of a GP service using them together for MSK pain. The purpose of this study was t...
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Background: Auricular acupuncture has been identified as a possible method for modulating appetite and suggested as a cost-effective adjunct to current treatments for obesity. Objective: To investigate changes in reported feelings of hunger and satiety after auricular acupuncture. Design and Patients: Randomized, controlled, pilot study of 40 parti...
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Chronic pain (CP) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pose particular challenges for the individual. Although biomedicine inevitably plays a role in the reduction or control of some symptoms for people living with chronic pain, directed self-management is also increasingly recognized as an important tool. Self-management can address pain-associated sympt...
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The widespread use of complementary therapies alongside biomedical treatment by people with cancer is not supported by evidence from clinical trials. We aimed to use combined qualitative and quantitative data to describe and measure individualised experiences and outcomes. In three integrative cancer support centres (two breast cancer only) in the...
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The goal of this study is the determination of key themes to aid the analysis of qualitative data collected at three cancer support centres in England, using the Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) questionnaire. People with cancer who use complementary therapies experience and value a wide range of treatment effects, yet tools are urge...
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Gene activation involves protein complexes with diverse enzymatic activities, some of which are involved in chromatin modification. We have shown previously that the base excision repair enzyme thymine DNA glycosylase (TDG) acts as a potent coactivator for estrogen receptor-α. To further understand how TDG acts in this context, we studied its inter...
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Nuclear receptors (NR) classically regulate gene expression by stimulating transcription upon binding to their cognate ligands. It is now well established that NR-mediated transcriptional activation requires the recruitment of coregulator complexes, which facilitate recruitment of the basal transcription machinery through direct interactions with t...

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Service evaluation to understand how well the pilot social prescribing service model fits the needs of the patients via process evaluation of the flow of patients, via patient reported outcome measures and via exploration of key stakeholder experience.